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"Red Solo Cup" (CD Single)



Drinking song is meant to be silly but still isn't for kids.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Celebrates partying and getting drunk.

Positive role models

No positive role models; video shows college-age kids drunk, partying, and falling over.

Not applicable

Video shows scantily-clad college-age girls drunk and falling over each other.


 "Kiss my ass," "testicles."


Video features some celebrity figures like basketball star Larry Bird, rockers Sammy Hagar and Ted Nugent, TV show host Craig Ferguson, and baseball pitcher Roger Clemens. Also, Solo Cup is a brand name.


Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Video shows college-age kids drinking and partying and smoking a "bong-like" contraption made out of the notorious red cup. Lyrics are about drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this song is a satirical homage to the infamous red plastic cup that is so popular at parties and the sudsy libations that often go in it. The video shows Toby Keith and scantily clad college-age kids drunk and partying, and the lyrics also celebrate drinking.

What's the story?

Country star Toby Keith relives the glorious, stupid, and suds-filled college days with "RED SOLO CUP," a satirical spoof/homage to the red Solo brand plastic cup that's often the star of parties and gatherings where beer is served. The video features Keith at a college party, as well as some celebrities like Larry Bird, Roger Clemens, and Ted Nugent sharing their love of the cup and beer.

Is it any good?


"Red Solo Cup" is meant to be fun and not taken too seriously, and it certainly is very catchy and entertaining. Keith vents and rhymes and relives the mindless, carefree life of a college kid. The track is sure to frequent playlists on the college party scene, but it's nothing groundbreaking or award-winning by any means. The video features Keith and college-goers (in bikinis) drinking to the point of stupor and intoxication, so although it's meant to be humourous, it's still best for older teens and up.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about tunes that celebrate drinking. Do these songs ever point out the consequences of drinking, or do they just focus on the fun aspects? What can happen when you consume too much alcohol or experiment with it while underage?

  • This video features some popular sports stars and celebrities drinking from the "red solo cup." What kind of message do you think it sends when celebrities are part of something that may not be appropriate for all ages?

Music details

Artist:Toby Keith
Release date:October 24, 2011
Label:Show Dog Nashville
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:Yes

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Kid, 12 years old October 2, 2016

Wait What?

I don't even know what I just heard but the guy who made this song obviously had WAY too many red solo cups. Honestly I don't think he was sober when he made this...
What other families should know
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 14 years old Written byIsaac T September 11, 2015

Red Solo Cup...it's useless beyond words.

Useless song celebrates drinking, and even more so, red solo cups. It's so stupid it's almost amusing, especially when Toby says, "Red Solo Cup, you're not just a cup. You're my friend." Gosh...
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much consumerism
Teen, 15 years old Written by1redneck January 23, 2013

Not. For. Kids.

Three words: Not. For. Kids. The video is DEFINATLY not for kids... It does contain the words 'kiss my ass', and also 'testicles', this is a drinkin song, not for kids, it has millions of alcoholic references, and yes, the music video has girls in bikinis gettin drunk, also it has a bunch of people drinkin from Solo cups, the contents, obvious... This is not the best song by Toby Keith, it's popular amongst kids who think they know what it's bout... Not. For. Kids. Period. Also, it's just a stupid song, just stupid... Highly disappointing for Toby Keith...


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